The .io country code top-level domain is pretty popular right now,
particularly among tech startups that want to take advantage of
the snappy input/output reference and the relative availability of
names — Fusion.io, Wise.io and Import.io are just a few examples.
But who benefits from the sale of .io domains? Sadly, not the
people who ultimately should.
While .tv brings in millions of dollars each year for the tiny
South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, and .me benefits
Montenegro, the people of the British Indian Ocean Territory, or
the Chagos Islands, have no such luck. Indeed, profits from the
sale of each .io domain flow to the very force that expelled the
Chagossian or Ilois people from their equatorial land just a
generation or two ago: the British government.